barrel cactus

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barrel cactus

n.
Any of various cacti in the genera Ferocactus and Echinocactus, having ribbed spiny unbranched stems that are globular to columnar in shape.

bar′rel cac`tus


n.
any of several large, cylindrical, ribbed, spiny cacti of the genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.barrel cactus - a cactus of the genus Ferocactus: unbranched barrel-shaped cactus having deep ribs with numerous spines and usually large funnel-shaped flowers followed by dry fruitsbarrel cactus - a cactus of the genus Ferocactus: unbranched barrel-shaped cactus having deep ribs with numerous spines and usually large funnel-shaped flowers followed by dry fruits
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
Ferocactus, genus Ferocactus - genus of nearly globular cacti of Mexico and southwestern United States: barrel cacti
2.barrel cactus - any cactus of the genus Echinocactusbarrel cactus - any cactus of the genus Echinocactus; strongly ribbed and very spiny; southwestern United States to Brazil
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Echinocactus - globular or cylindrical cacti; southwestern United States to Brazil
hedgehog cactus - cactus of the genus Echinocactus having stout sharp spines
Echinocactus grusonii, golden barrel cactus - large cactus of east central Mexico having golden to pale yellow flowers and spines